For individuals with alcoholism also known as “alcohol
dependency”, meeting with a health care provider and the addition
of naltrexone, combined behavioral intervention (CBI), or both
naltrexone and CBI improved sobriety. Acamprosate, with or
without CBI, was not shown to be effective at improving sobriety.
Naltrexone or CBI alone while meeting with a health care provider
produced better sobriety than any combination of acamprosate,
naltrexone and CBI therapies. Meeting with a medical provider in
a primary care setting and the addition of naltrexone could
greatly improve effective treatment of alcohol dependence. For
individuals who prefer counseling rather than medication, CBI
provided by a therapist and the addition of meeting with a
medical provider could also improve sobriety.